The Rhode Island Tax Day Tea Party 2011 — Though Governor Lincoln Chafee Did Not Show Up, the Spirit of Zechariah Chafee Did

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, whose views on freedom of speech are generally considered to have been significantly influenced by Professor Zechariah Chafee, wrote in a 1927 opinion that…

If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.
A number of Tea Partiers lived up to the free-speech tradition of Justice Brandeis and Professor Chafee this afternoon, responding to some dissembling speech that appeared in the crowd with direct and honest speech of their own…

And there was also ample room for discussion between people with differing views…

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